Stella Giles Award

The Stella Giles Award for Achievement Award recognises a Western Australian woman who has made a significant contribution in her chosen field and to the community (who does not have to be a Soroptimist). A monetary grant up to a maximum of $10,000 provides funds for the recipient to undertake a project over two years that will benefit women and girls. 

The Award is a collective project supported by all Soroptimist International clubs in Western Australia. It is made on a biennial basis, to a nominated candidate considered worthy of receiving the Award. 

Soroptimist International’s Vision is that “Women and girls will achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide”. The Soroptimist International of Western Australia Stella Giles Award for Achievement contributes to that vision.

The Award carries the name Stella Giles in memory of a Soroptimist who worked tirelessly to extend the influence of Soroptimists in Western Australia.

The current recipient of this Award is Daphne White.

2021 Daphne White
Online Toolkit: Recognising coercive controlling behaviours in relationships
Nominated by Soroptimist International of Geraldton
As a practitioner and educator in the family and domestic violence (FDV) sector, Daphne observed an absence of evidence-based resources on coercive control. She identified a need to educate women and increase their knowledge of the behaviours and tactics of coercive, controlling partners that may occur early and during a relationship. “If they can recognise it and predict it then they can prevent it from occurring.” Daphne’s project is to develop a toolkit of resources to support those wanting to engage in prevention of family and domestic violence. It will encourage and be available to women, organisations and schools to download and implement in their community.

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